Over the past two days I’ve been trying to come up with a schedule that is rigid but with a little flexibility thrown in. Let me tell you, it’s not easy. I’m taking this very seriously because I want to be as productive as possible. Some of you may be thinking I’m wasting time thinking about what to do instead of doing. Even though that is partly true, I work best with a plan. If I can put in the effort now to come up with my schedule, it’ll make me much more productive in the future because I won’t have to think about what I need to be doing, I’ll just look at my schedule.
In a prior post (Lessons Learned: Get More Out of Your Day with Daily Deadlines) I described the slotting system I am going to use each day. I’m still going to use it, but I need to spread it out over a week because there just isn’t enough time in the day. One problem was that I wasn’t taking into account eating and exercising once I get home from work. Below is what I’ve come up with so far.
Eating: This will obviously be eating dinner. On most nights my wife is at work so I eat by myself and doing so in 30 minutes is not much of a problem.
Open: I wanted to build in open time after eating and before the gym in case I had to run some errands or do some other things that either need to get done or that I want to do. It may be real estate related items or it may just be anything else I’ve been wanting to do.
Gym: It is very important for me to be able to exercise. I plan on going to the gym 3 days a week. I also go either on Saturday or Sunday so that should be enough. I may adjust this later to 5 days a week.
Probate: This is where I will be doing any and all probate investing tasks (letters, postcards, returning phone calls (although I’m afraid that will be to late at night), doing property research and networking.
Short Sales: This is where I will be doing any and all short sale investing tasks (MLS research, sending out initial responses to realtors, writing up offers and what ever else that needs to be done.)
Blog: This is my time to work on this blog and any other blogs/websites I’m running
Reading a book: I want to take a least 30 minutes each weekday for reading. It’s becoming apparent to me that it’s very important to read and I setting aside time each day to read will pay dividends down the road.
Set Goals for Tomorrow: Every night before I head off to bed I will be reviewing my day and setting up my task list for the next day. This is perhaps the most important part of the day and something I must start doing regularly.
One big problem I’m noticing is that I don’t have much time for making phone calls or meeting with people which is a key to real estate investing. The ideal time would be 9 to 5, but I work and can’t be doing business on my JOB’s time. So what to do? I can make phone calls during lunch and meet people for dinner to network but that won’t always work out. For me the cutoff time for making phone calls is 8pm, I then feel like I’m intruding.
So that is how I’m going to be working my weekdays for the foreseeable future. As with life though, there will be some tweaking here and there but the main thing is to keep at it. It takes 4 weeks to form a habit and I want the above to be my habit.
Have a good weekend!
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